Programs for Seniors
Artsound’s Senior Memories service provides programs for people with restricted access to social services and entertainment. Most listeners are in aged-care facilities.
Content includes entertainment, health, and education information specifically tailored to the audience.
Senior Memories is delivered via the Internet as a streaming digital-audio service to subscribing locations.
What is it?
Launched as a trial in May 2013, ArtSound’s Senior Memories Service aims to enhance the quality of life of seniors who may be socially isolated or living in aged-care facilities and retirement villages.
“I am very impressed with the Senior Memories network, which is professionally produced, is much appreciated by recipients of the service, and provides for an excellent community service outlet for the service’s volunteers.”
– Mick Gentleman MLA
Then Minister for the Ageing, January 2015
How does it work?
Senior Memories is delivered via the Internet as a digital audio service currently streamed into subscribing locations in Lyons ACT, Curtin ACT, Page ACT, Belconnen ACT, Lyneham ACT, Griffith NSW, Yoogali NSW, and Finley NSW.
Senior Memories employs some of the latest audio-over-Internet technology to deliver a pristine signal to participating sites. The service originates at ArtSound FM’s Manuka Arts Centre studios in Canberra.
A small team of dedicated ArtSound volunteers delivers Senior Memories. The 24-hour-per-day schedule includes “nostalgia” and other music; recordings of local and national concerts; segments on mindfulness, well-being, poetry, and photography for the ageing; life stories; origins of Canberra suburb names; era-specific radio serials; and various programs that originate or air through ArtSound FM.
A particular feature is the Senior Memories Morning Show which streams during weekday mornings. Once a month a Senior Memories Morning Show is dedicated to a specific facility, and incorporates birthday calls for residents and details of activities under way at the particular facility.
Significant supporters of Senior Memories include the ACT Government, Canberra Southern Cross Club, Rural Funds Management, Infinite Networks, and the Rotary Club of Belconnen.
Our service has recently attracted interest from the University of Canberra which is researching the measurement of benefits of era-specific music and related programs on the quality of life of residents of aged-care facilities.
For more information, contact ArtSound FM at firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 6295 7444.
The Senior Memories service broadcasts from ArtSound FM’s studios at the Manuka Arts Centre to aged-care facilities in the ACT and beyond. It is heard at facilities via dedicated digital radios.
“Our residents love your station — they can’t get enough!”
– Betty Szuromi
Activities Coordinator, Villaggio Sant’ Antonio, Page